BLSays:… MARCH 13, 2006? Do it ring a bell? – & More

    Buchanan Street House.
    BobLee
    March12/ 2019

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    MARCH 13, 2006! Do It Ring A Bell? – and More

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    It’s way too early to hand-out “______ Of The 21st Century” awards. We aren’t 20% into 2000.  Whatever happened to Y2K ??

    Howsabout Media Darling of The 21st Century? Remember when “Paris” became “a skanky headline heiress” rather than “The City of Lights”? Then “Paris” gave way to “Kim” and millions found millions of ways to misspell “Kardashian”. And now we have “AO-C”… Oh My!

    Surely The Andy Warhol “15 Minutes” Society is already searching for our next two or three Media Darlings of This Millenium.

    WayBack MachineLet’s not think in terms of centuries but rather in terms of Thirteen Years cycles.

    Hop aboard Mr Peabody’s WayBack Machine and go “wayback” to…

    MARCH 13, 2006… THIRTEEN YEARS AGO

    If Robert Kraft’s obituary will HAVE TO mention “a strip mall massage parlor”, then Raleigh’s News & Observer’s obituary will HAVE TO mention..

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    THE Greatest Journalistic Embarrassment since…

    DEWEY BEATS TRUMAN.

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    A simpler time when words like “Nifong”… and “Crystal” … and Bunny Hole Entertainment … … and rich white boys … and honor student and single mother of two … … and 610 N. Buchanan Blvd … and “Seersucker Joe” Cheshire … and pot-bangers … and Malik Zulu Shabazz … and DUKE LACROSSE SCANDAL had yet to carve a permanent place in all of our “I recall where I was when…” psyches.

    What does one give “a Scandal” on its 13th Anniversary?

    I once bore the title, with some, as The Dominck Dunne of Duke Lacrosse Scandal. Dunne was a society page journalist who rose to “fame” covering The OJ Trial. Alas, my “fame” was only regional as the National Journo-Vultures quickly descended upon much-maligned “Derm – City of Infamy”.

    I recall the Triangle-wide “buzz” when cable-diva Nancy Grace arrived at Ground Zero.  It’s 2019… Nancy Who ???

    For the 10-12 months following MARCH 13, 2006… this little ol’ website posted 26 columns on “IT” as IT became the “little clown car in the center ring”. The “stoopid crap” just kept apourin’ outta that mess over in West Durham …….

    The majority of that “news crap” was, as noted, produced and stirred up by Raleigh’s own The News & Observer. The on-site media-source that the “nationals” looked to for BREAKING NEWS.

    All the ink-stained journo-perps that left their smudgy fingerprints on “The N&O & Duke Lacrosse” Journo-Train Wreck are long gone now … ignominious journo-hacks named Melanie Sill … Nancy Williams … Orage Quarles … Barry “Sportin’Life” Saunders … Rob Christensen … Steve Ford … et al.Ruth Sheehan

    … And one lady who became a friend of mine in the way that “That Damn Dan” Kane and I became friends thru The Great Unpleasantness at UNCCH… former N&O columnist Ruth Sheehan. Ruth “left” (?) The N&O a year or so after IT.

    Ruth “drawing the short straw” was thrown under the bus by N&O suits in a “It was all HER fault” blame shift. I’ve always hoped Ruth, now an attorney, was well compensated for “being the fall-guy”.

    “BobLee, I really thought exotic dancers simply danced exotically…”  OUCH!

    Rather than rehash the multi-re-hashed “high points” (?) of that journo-train wreck… I’m simply going to LINK to three of my previous Duke Lacrosse Anniversary columns. Read’em if you’re of a mind to do so…

    Third Anniversary of ….. … LINK …  …This the Best ALL the gory details

    Eight Years Ago Today … LINK

     Fifth Anniversary of … LINK

    Oh… YES, It was Moi that researched the name of the “escort service” that “the rich white boys” called to order Ho #1 and Ho #2 – it was indeed Bunny Hole Entertainment.

    ShabazzT’was Yours Truly that was “EIB’s boots on the ground” when Malik Zulu Shabazz’s New Black Panthers came to Duke / Durham. As Malik’s jack-booted storm troopers marched from Duke to The Lacrosse House… I was walking backwards 10’ in front reading off their DEMANDS to 20,000,000 radio listeners across the fruited plain.

    The Duke PR Guy was walking beside me and finally asked “Are you talking to who I think you’re talking to?” … I just grinned and said “Yep”.

    Two questions I’m still asked about DLS are…

    Q: Did “Reverend Jesse” ever send Crystal that personal check to cover her college tuition?

    A: Ongoing Forensic Accounting reveals “Not yet”. But it’s only been 13 years… and Crystal has a few more years in she-prison for butcher-knifing her boyfriend a few years ago.

    Q: Where was Mikey Nifong when sheriff’s deputies arrived at his front door to take his Law License?

    A: Mikey had taken his gee-tar to the banks of the Eno River where he was pickin’ but not grinnin’ while singing “Froggy Went Acourtin’. “They say” on certain nights you can still hear Mikey crooning … “…way down yonder in the hollow tree, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

    “FakeNews”and  the Dangers of an Obsessed, Agenda-driven Media did NOT begin in Nov 2016.

    NEVER FORGET – THE DUKE LACROSSE SCANDAL!

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    Theres More

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    You probably saw this story on “national media” but in case you missed it.

    TRUE STORY…. There was “an incident” at a Chick-fil-A in Madison WI last week. … A young mother walked in with two small children in a double stroller… two 14 month old little girls to be specific.

    The restaurant was quite busy despite “Chick-fil-A” and Madison WI not being “on the same ideological wave length”. The threesome took their place in line to order.

    Witnesses would recount “the normal buzz of the busy restaurant changed… as patrons and staff alike were transfixed by these new arrivals… everyone was whispering… “

    “OMG! Those are THE Cutest Babies I’ve Ever Seen…!”

    Mother & Daughters found a table and sat down to have lunch. A chicken sandwich for Mom and “nuggets” for the girls.

    A gentleman approached their table – apparently representing everyone in the restaurant – and offered to buy their lunch simply because “Those are THE cutest babies we’ve EVER SEEN…”

    Proud Mother smiled and thanked him; but declined the kind offer. She and her daughters exchanging a knowing – “we know whats coming next” – glance.  Sure enuff …

    “Can I touch them?”

    “No sir, you cannot touch them… but thank you for at least asking before you tried to do so.”

    Bundling her two little “crowd pleasin’ showstoppers” back into their Honda Odyssey, she texted…

    Mom & Dad. It happened AGAIN… this time at a Chick-fil-A. … sigh.

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    Want some Provocative Political Punditry… GO HERE! – LINK

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    BobLee
    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      6 months ago

      Something truly new to your life has been added with the twins.
      Would be more than interested in you comments on the current “get my kid into a prestigious school” scandal.

      • BobLee Reply
        6 months ago

        I have THE Perfect Solution !!! Coming up …

    • Former96heel Reply
      6 months ago

      Does pulling a Nifong get taught at the area law schools? I know the lax case isn’t taught at the J school apparently because the 3 recent grads who replaced all those you mentioned seem to not have learned. Pretty sure the Observer is borrowing staff from the weekly alternative press these days.
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      Last one to leave, please call the Post and tell them we won’t be here for delivery any longer. Today that severance is a high stack of next weeks Dollar General coupons.

      • BobLee Reply
        6 months ago

        Melanie Sill was N&O’s Exec Editor during DLS. She and News Editor Nancy William (a REAL piece of work! … Think “Maxine”) spent the first month after March 13 deciding where they would hang The Pulitzer they KNEW was coming their way. … then it all started coming apart … and coming apart … and coming apart. One could say with some proof that The N&O has never recovered from “those days”… and never will. And then along came John Edwards’ & Rielle and pretty well “stuck a fork” in what very little credibility they had left… very very little.

    • marshall rogers Reply
      6 months ago

      BL, Had not been introduced to your blog in 2006, wish I had been. But I did follow it through the late Bernie Reeves at Metro. He, like you, was all over it early. He assailed Duke’s President, the letter writing faculty, the N&O, the Durham Morning Herald, the national media and of course Nifong. You were on the ground for EIB, he was, if memory serves, interviewed by Greta Van Susteren, who was a fairly big deal at the time .
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      I miss Bernie.
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      As to grandkids, we were babysitting our three year grandson at the beach and I took him with me to a hardware store. The clerk said ” your son is one of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen”. What a double compliment! He is now 6′ 4″ tall and a pretty good high school basketball and baseball player.I would not be mistaken for his dad now! BL, yours will be dating and driving cars before you know it. You’re smart to spend as much time up there as you can.
      Thanks for the memories!
      Rummie

      • BobLee Reply
        6 months ago

        I collect eccentric characters and Bernie Reeves certainly qualified. I knew Bernie casually for 20 years and a bit more so his last several years. I once referred to him as “Raleigh’s pre-emminent Gadfly” which he never knew if I intended as a compliment … or not. I did. Thru Bernie I had some political rock’em sock’em discussions with Ira Wood and David Brody. BR had an eclectic collection of Friends of BR.
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        Our twin-grdaughters are already “growing up too fast” at 14 months. We’re hoping the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin will slow that down a bit.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      6 months ago

      BL,
      THANKS.. I used this line elsewhere and had to find the real story. It is a MUST WATCH. NOW you know…..
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKgUq5dziEk
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      Bob Hope sang this in 1938 in the movie….”Thanks for the Memory”. Shirley Ross’ BEST line was “You’ve always been a headache, but never been boring…” I am elevating a paraphrase of this to the TOP 5 List of my Tombstone (for ME….and DW must do, otherwise the Swiss Bank Account numbers to her inheritance are TOAST) EPITAPHS. I had already done the artwork for “I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE”…
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      ON TO THE COMMENTS.or MEMORIES
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      Pots and Pans @ 6:00 AM….MY MEMORY was that the Bangers went over from Duke and UNC-CH on Sunday mornings for about 3 weeks until the TV stations didn’t show up….
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      Duke Faculty and Administration’s OPEN LETTER condemning the lads….all 40X (?) of them. Was full page ad in the Durham and Raleigh Rags…..How’d THAT work out? The THREE laddies FINALLY charged got a $21 MILLION Award (combined) from Duke’s Liability Carrier. WHO knows how much else from Durham County?

      ONE of the Laddies “forgot” to include that on his IRS Tax Return and was Prosecuted. THAT is how we KNOW the amount. Mikey’s Annual salary is about the same….and the IRS Not for Profit forms that DUKE has to submit had THAT tidbit in them.
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      Joe Cheshire in his FINEST SeerSucker (don’t LAUGH) suit going to court and having a “I’ve BEEN to the Oval Office and KNEELED before OBAMA” sticker on it….with the O’s SIGNATURE. CLASSIC.
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      The EX LAX coach suing Duke Personnel for TWICE making statements or releasing info from THEIR NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) that made his a wealthy “Don’t have to COACH no more” person. Think it was an Aleeva that cost Duke big $$;s TWICE.
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      The REV BB proclaiming in a sermon that Crystal out did MARY (JC’s Mom)….TWICE in that her two little Gubermint supported kiddies were “From a VIRGIN BIRTH”. Crystal’s Rape Kit Swab tested out with not 1, Not 2, NOT 3….but 7 SEPARATE MALE DNA. NONE of which matched the laddies called out in the OPEN LETTER.
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      As Babs croons…..Mem’Ries…..
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      Can it be that it was all so simple then
      Or has time rewritten every line
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      GREAT COLUMN….Thanks for the MEMORIES…cue the orchestra….
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      “.You’ve always been a PITA, but NEVER boring…”

      • BobLee Reply
        6 months ago

        In any History of The Triangle Early 21st Century… Duke Lacrosse Scandal merits its own chapter. With The N&O in its Death Throes, we can be confident that THEY will not be around to write that history.

    • Bill.in.PV Reply
      6 months ago

      Boy, do I remember those columns and that time. I especially remember your feeding EIB the up to the second details of Shabazz’ march.
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      Just another reminder of the great work you do. Your grand babies are beautiful!!!

      • BobLee Reply
        6 months ago

        Thanks Bill. I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of goofy stuff the past 25 years… UNCCH Glorious Mess and this Duke Mess especially. I still recall specific details from BobLee Meets Malik Zulu Shabazz & His Storm Troopers.

    • Doug Reply
      6 months ago

      How ironic it is that 3 of the cutest grand babies in the history of history were born only a month apart.

      No institutional memory left at the N&O to remind the human remains. No accident either.

      • BobLee Reply
        6 months ago

        Stars aligned re: babies ?? Of the several dozen still employed at The N&O, I doubt you would get more than a blank stare if you even mentioned Duke Lacrosse to them… OR Johnny & Rielle… or …

    • Bill Taylor Reply
      6 months ago

      Isnt it nice to be a proud grandpa?! My daughter’s twin boys just turned two, and they experience similar circumstances.
      The DLS seems like yesterday. Go Heels! Old Kicker.

      • BobLee Reply
        6 months ago

        Where you been ??? The “Carolina Junction Boys” are gathering for a 50th Reunion at Mack’s Spring Game 2.0.

    • DM Carpenter Reply
      6 months ago

      I read ’13 years’ and immediately thought ‘Locust cycles’.

      • BobLee Reply
        6 months ago

        Locusts and Drive-By Media … not much difference.

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